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week. >> hello. welcome to the "cnn newsroom." a look at the top stories we're following this hour. two commuter trains crash sending dozens to the hospital in connecticut. now investigators are trying to figure out what happened. we'll go live to the scene in a moment. o.j. simpson is back in court asking for a new trial. coming up, we'll take a look at what happened in the las vegas hotel room that led to his robbery and kidnapping conviction. the two officer that is first responded to this house in cleveland are speaking. they relive the moments of liberation for two of the women held in captivity for more than nine years. we're getting firsthand look now inside the trains that crashed in connecticut last night. cnn just got these images right here. you can see debris and shattered class, just about everywhere and
some of the seats just all broken up and mangled. the trains collided during rush hour last night at bridgeport, connecticut, and dozens of people were sent to the hospital and susan candiotti is live for us at the scene. anything more on why the train at least one of the trains would derail and then crash into the other? >> fred, we have been watching investigators hard at work all afternoon getting on and off the train and walking the tracks and taking measurements and even climbing on top of some of the train cars. all trying to pinpoint exactly what caused these two trains to collide during the height of rush hour about 6:00 on friday night. it was a new york to new haven train that officials say derailed and then a train going in the opposite direction slammed into it. they're looking at a number of possibilities, the ntsb trying to figure out.
>> the breaking performance, the condition of the wheels, the condition of the car. we'll be looking at the general condition of the track and the rail bed. >> now, these commuter trains according to authorities are relatively new, and that they say might have limited the damage but from the look of some of these still photographs taken inside some of the cars, that's unclear. >> and then, susan, we're talking about a pretty nasty array of debris there, and it looks as though these commuter trains are not going to be back on track for some time, so what are all of these people to do commuting between connecticut and new york specifically over the next few days? >> well, that is the question, isn't it? of course officials here are saying they're trying to figure out alternate routes to take. for the time being, and it could be at least days if not longer, the route from new york to
boston suspended. either people will have to find another way, they will have to pick it up along the route and bypass all of this. they're trying to work all of that out and hope to get that information to commuters sometime tomorrow. >> all right. incredible. keep us posted. tornado victims in the hardest hit part of granbury, texas, finally allowed home today. many found there was nothing left, however, more than a half of 110 homes in one neighborhood alone heavily damaged or destroyed. 16 tornados in all touched down in north texas. the most powerful one had winds up to 200 miles an hour. this was a deadly storm, six people were killed in this tornado. the sheriff talked about helping those trying to get back to their neighborhoods. >> we have a team set up to get them in to see their residents and we have people on scene going to help them box things up and get valuables out of there
that they need today. what we're doing here is getting them signed up and getting them those permits to get out there and trying to control it and coordinate it as best we can. this is going to be a traumatic day for the residents, first time getting back in there and seeing it. other than what they saw from you, the media, putting the pictures out there and the video and it will be tough for them. >> the people in granbury also got their first chance to sign up for government aid that happened today. another frightening incident, this involving airline passengers today. a russian air liner carrying 140 people caught fire as it landed in moscow. investigators believe the fire started in the boeing 737 left landing gear. no one was injured. the plane's passengers included members of a russian pop band. in south korea's defense ministry is confirming north korea fired three short range missiles today.
they were fired away from south korean waters but south korea now says its army is on high alert. tensions had been strained on the korean peninsula rather after the u.n. sounds of gun fire and a jewelry heist are not unusual on the screen at the cannes film festival. this drama was very real. a 43-year-old man was arrested after firing a gun loaded with blanks during that interview where you see people on the set scrambling. it sent kristoff walsh running for cover as well. the suspect, a bit on that person. authorities won't identify him by name and did say that suspect told police that he believes in god and wants to change the world. he was examined by a psychiatrist that says he is not
mentally ill. this drama comes after jewels worth more than a million dollars were stolen from a hotel room there in cannes as well. that happened on thursday. >> the jackpot, $600 million. better news, if there is a winner after tonight's drawing, if you're feeling lucky get out and get the ticket. lisa is live in virginia. least a last we spoke you had two tickets in your collection. have you collected more now? >> yes, i am up to three tickets and everyone else here wants to win this powerball jackpot. watch out. yeah. >> all you. >> well, this tiger mart in northern virginia is actually a lucky one. i am going to explain why in just a second. for people who are filling out these forms today, i am about to
give them important information, first, what are the luckiest states for powerball and also the luckiest numbers. look at a quick graphic. the luckiest states were where the most have been won, indiana, pennsylvania, missouri and minnesota. all right. which numbers have been drawn the most? this is the last 11 drawings, 26, 31, 36, and 48. so question is maybe you should not pick those numbers because they have been coming up recently or maybe hot numbers so you have to decide for yourself why is this store so lucky, this tiger mart? well, check this out. here is a check for $10,000. that was what this exxon got when it sold a $1 million powerball ticket last march. i met thee people that told me they have the winning ticket. clearly it is this store in northern virginia we'll have the jackpot. >> it starts with you've got to
believe. everyone gets the ticket they hope is the winning ticket and you keep telling yourself and then you hope it really comes true. so if there is no winner tonight, lisa, that means you or i or anybody else can buy tickets starting tomorrow and know that the jackpot is going to be even bigger. how much bigger? >> this is one of those numbers that we keep reporting today and i wonder if people even believe me. it will be more than $950 million if no one strikes the jackpot tonight. unbelievable amount. only one person. we have eight hours to see if someone claims this $600 million jackpot and then if not, almost a million dollars. that's sort of crazy. for a lot of reasons. >> it is crazy. >> that's what this would be next week. >> okay. all right. we'll check in later on this afternoon to give us an idea how
we can all increase our odds and little hints, some of those numbers you gave earlier, uh-huh, that is, yeah, one of the you should underlying features trying to strike it rich. >> let me know before we leave. i need that information. >> i will pass it on. >> that's good. thank you so much. in falls church. okay. not so lucky this week, the president of the united states. he has been out on the stump but with three scandals rocking the white house, can he change the focus from the irs, benghazi, ap, all of that? we'll take a closer look. we'll also take a look at some of the high profile trials including that of o.j. simpson, the robbery and kidnapping and conviction. he is now trying to get a new trial. we'll take you back to that las vegas hotel room where it all started. and today, graduation day, students at creighton university remember the professor and his wife killed this week. ♪
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the middle class will always be my number one focus period. >> fleeting issues. what could you be talking about? the president trying to change the focus to the economy after a rather rough week of scandals and from all sides. justice officials confiscating reporter's e-mails and phone records and con dwregsal hearings on the deadly terrorist attack on the american consulate in benghazi, libya. the president you know used words like every and little fleeting issue. you know, surely a very bad week for this administration are they sending a tough message or may it backfire to those launching those attacks or hurling those words? >> there is risk for both sides
when scandal erupts. on the one hand the obvious risk to the president is however deep the merits of these accusations, they have the potential to disrupt his agenda and shift the public focus from what he wants to get done, already facing enormous difficulty on capitol hi hill. the risk to republicans is partly if you over reach and use words like impeachment and backlash, the bigger risk, i think, is the opportunity cost because to the extent it dominates the agenda it diminishes the odds on things they need to get done such as immigration. >> when you talk about accusations of over reach, particularly for republicans critical, at the same time we're seeing a unification of trepubl party because there is a very similar message here as a result of these scandals or as it relates to these scandals. >> the effect -- i have been in washington since the early 1980s and the consistent effect of scandal is to send each party back to opposes corners. it makes it tougher for her
president obama to consider legislative deals with the republicans on issues like the budget that may an tag nights congressional -- i think already signaled he was willing to talk about entitlements, and it make it is tough toer do that because he needs thm r them to defend him against the accusations and on the other side the dynamic on the out party is very important as well because what this does is scandal empowers the portions of the party that don't want to compromise with the president. the argument becomes he is drowning. don't throw him a lifeline by giving him an accomplishment and you so he that among the house republicans dubious making deals on the budget or immigration and as i am saying that may carry a long-term cost as well. >> big picture, how does this, this string of scandals, particularly in the second term? >> scandals have been an
incredibly common if unwelcome house guest at 1600 pennsylvania avenue. just think since world war ii, at the high end we have had richard nixon and watergate and ronald reagan and iran contra and at the low end harry truman with scandals at the irs and military aid and dwight eisenhower had to let go his chief of staff. >> and where does this fall? >> right now i think this tracks towards the lower end at present facts. if by far i think the irs is the most dangerous of these three. we have adjudicated the issue of national security for civil liberties dozens of times since 9/11 and the country comes out on the side of national security and i don't think the ap is a big threat. i think benghazi is about talking points. the irv is the one that could get the most dangerous, particularly if there is any evidence political officials encourage this selective enforcement. >> ron brownstein, good to see you. thanks so much. >> good to see you.
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simpson took the stand in a courtroom this week. he is looking for a new trial in his robbery and kidnapping conviction. in court he was asked what happened that night in a las vegas hotel room when he went to collect memorabilia he says belonged to him. >> did you think you were acting legalry? >> yes, i did. >> what you were doing. >> yes, i did. >> why is that? >> it was my stuff. i followed what i thought the law. my lawyer told me you can't break in the guy's room. i didn't break into anybody's room. i didn't beat up anybody. i didn't try to muscle the guys. the guys acknowledged it was my stuff. i made it clear i don't want anything that's not mine. >> so what really went down in the hotel room? hln's mike galanos walks us through the events. >> it is astonishing to see him back in court and you are
probably wondering what happened in that confrontation when o.j. simpson and his group of accomplices show up at a hotel and confront the dealers? o.j. simpson wants his stuff back. here we are in the hotel. i have my group with me. think of this. when o.j. simpson walked through that door, it changed his life. it led to a 33 year prison sentence and conviction for armed robbery and kidnapping. what went legally wrong? let's go in. all right. we're in. o.j. simpson and the group wants his stuff back. time to confront the collectible dealers. where does it go wrong? i am playing the role of o.j. simpson with hi group of accomplices. what everybody wants to know, why does this legally go wrong? he says you're within your legal rights to do this. don't tres practices on private property, use physical force. i come in. are we legally wrong at that point.
>> you have to remember he denies talking to o.j. until after tincident occurs. the question is when you came in, were you invited in or did i say what are you doing here? if you came in uninvited you already can be charged with trespassing. >> by the tape that we have heard o.j. simpson says it is his stuff, he is screaming, yelling, his group with him and he says in the midst of that no one is leaving. >> that is a crime also. if he really is intimidating and he is entrying all of these other people as evidence of his intimidation, it is preventing people or a reasonable person from feeling like they could leave. >> i believe let's see the gun. we have a gun being brandished here as well. imaging you have intimidation at the least. armed robbery ended up being the
conviction. >> correct. if somebody has a weapon, that changes the entire dynamic. it is already a felony for robbery if you are taking stuff by threat of force. when you introduce a dangerous weapon such as a firearm, even if the firearm is never shot, it is still enough to instill fear into the person, and so that is when it becomes an armed robbery. >> o.j. simpson said he didn't know guns were involved sdchlt that matter? >> it matters if the victim saw or perceived a gun. that matters. criminal defendant that is serve a lot of time have little else to think about except how to over turn the conviction. of course the person that stood by them the entire time now becomes the natural target to be removed in this sense of vacating their trial and trying to get a new trial. this is not unusual at all when a defendant that's convicted and sentenced for a long-term now turns on his lawyer. there are certain things that he says that i don't think are going to get him very far. for example, when o.j. says he
didn't have the right and he told him not to testify, that is absolutely the right of the defendant. it is not ever the right of the lawyer to determine whether the defendant is testifying or not. >> what about the plea deal. as you look at this, could that be an opening for o.j. simpson that he didn't tell him there was a plea on the table? >> it could be if there really was a plea on the table and not the prosecute are and defense attorneys just talking just to see what might happen. if there is really a plea on the table, it has to be conveyed to the defendant always. the only thing o.j. has on his side is he says it was his memorabilia he was taking back. in this case the self help he thought he was asking about was not self help. you cannot self help when you come in with other people and weapons. that takes it completely off the table and now it is moved into the criminal realm. >> mike galanos bringing that
perspective to us. the deaths of a university professor and his lawyer wife may be connected to a cold case back in 2008. coming up, we go live to omaha where graduation day is also one of mourning. matt's brakes didn't sound right... ...so i brought my car to mike at meineke... ...and we inspected his brakes for free. -free is good. -free is very good. [ male announcer ] now get 50% off brake pads and shoes at meineke.
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>> somber moments among the celebration at creighton university. at today's graduation ceremony pausing to remember a professor and his wife mary a lawyer found dead in their home. they are pictured in a photo from the omaha world herald. omaha police are not saying much about the homicides, but it is possible police say that these murders may be linked to the 2008 deaths of this boy and his housekeeper. the boy's father is a creighton faculty member. stephanie elam joins me live from omaha, nebraska. stephanie, what was it like at that graduation and tell us more about the direction this investigation is going. >> all right. fred, it was definitely bittersweet moment for a lot of these students. we saw the end of the proceedings for the medical school as these people were coming out with their degrees. obviously it is really exciting.
the families are there and there is lots of excitement and joy. for the people associated with the pathology department, there is a sense of loss and so they were still dealing with all of that at the same time. obviously it is weighing over them and we did speak to two med school students fresh with new degrees and this is what they told us. >> you could tell he just loved to teach students, booming voice, just really taught us a lot and a few classes we had with them and you can tell he really loved his profession and giving back to the community. >> it has been pretty somber and cast a pal over graduation almost. it is a great event and we're happy and our families are happy, but at the same time there is kind of this cloud over everything that's happening. >> of course the university is saying they have stepped up security in light of the news that these two murders have occurred. at the same time they're keeping very tight-lipped as far as the police department is concerned about sharing details about the murders on tuesday, fred. >> and so, stephanie, can you
tell us any more on why police are looking into a possible connection? >> two homicides happened six years ago and about six miles apart. the one thing that they have in common is the fact that both the two em poo that were murdered the past week, the brum backs, he was a professor, a faculty member within the creighton university pathology department. in the murder in 2008 where the son was killed and the housekeeper, the father of the son is still a professor and was then in the creighton university pathology department, so they're just looking to see if there is any connection. they're not seeing if they have any leads as to why they're doing this. the pathology department is about 12 people, so it is a very small community are you looking at. that's why investigators want to know if there are any
connections, fred. >> stephanie elam, thanks so much from omaha. very sad story. all right. now let's take a look at stories trending online. in bogota, klcolumbia a young m got more than he bargained for when he stole a woman's cell phone and tried to escape. i will tell you what happened. you just saw. he tried to jump on the platform and then he was hit by an on coming bus. he actually survived with only light injuries, and to boot he was arrested. brad joseph set up his go pro camera in alaska hoping to capture some grizzly bears up close and personal. boy, did he get that. talk about two close for comfort. well, the photographer never expected to get this kind of image where that camera got oh so close to the grizzly and the grizzly put it in its mouth and trying to eat it up.
a good look at the ton sills and tongue and the camera survived and didn't suffer any damage. the video of course is priceless. we're all enjoying it. this young florida girl's expression says it all. a big old surprise. she sent an invitation to that pro basketball player, dwyane wade, and he actually said yes, showed up, you know him from the miami heat and nicole says she is going to remember this prom night forever. >> i was going to move a little bit. i ain't got many moves. i was able to get a dance in with her, and i will go ice my knee now. >> oh, come on, he is in shape. he could cut up the dance floor with that icing. that was cute. you can imagine this video has just been topping the charts there on youtube. it is a huge hit. also a huge hit, anthony
bourdain and his new show on cnn. this time he is heading to libya where he eats something called uncle kentucky fried chicken and bonds with a troop of boy scouts. >> got kids? this is supposed to be the biggest fanciest new hotel development in town and like a lot of the newer structures, they have pretty much stopped when they started to pull down the government. a lot of cranes building nothing at the moment. a lot of just frozen as everybody figures out what happens next. let's wait and see. the mosque, the medina, the frozen wait and see hotel and i think militia looking at us. over there, they're playing rod stewart "do you think i'm sexy"
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she lost both her hands and legs to a flesh eating bacteria last summer. now she is one of the first women in the world to get these new i limb hands, they're $100,000 a pair and mimic the natural hands. she is now able to pick things up. very tiny things, and even comb her hair and do her hair. she is also hoping to receive a prosthetic legislator on this year. the best to her. oscar winning actress angelina jolie revealed her decision to have a double mastectomy. she did it because tests revealed she had a high risk of developing breast cancer. sanjay gupta looks at what role genetic testing can play in breast cancer screening. >> friedrich a it was a brave decision i would say for jolie to publicly reveal such a private part of her life. she did not have breast cancer but chose to undergo a
preventive double masectomy after she discovered she has the mutated brca 1 gene. that greatly increases her risk for breast aovarian cancers. it prompted a lot of questions. there are a couple of things i think worth pointing out. only less than 1% of all women actually carry the brca 1 or brca 2 jeans. out of the thousands diagnosed every year, only 5 to 10% of those patients have the defective gene. for someone like jolie with a strong family history of breast or ovarian cancer the test can be beneficial. it is also expensive. it costs about $4,000 without insurance. we found out most insurance companies cover the cost of the test if you are at high risk of having the mutation. under the new health care law it is considered preventive care for high risk patients. for me i think the bottom line is that jolie's story started a national conversation that is important for all of us to have.
we should all know our family health history. we should all be talking about preventive screenings and encouraging men and women alike to be in rj which of their own bodies and health. fred, back to you. >> thanks so much, sanjay. coming up at 4:30 eastern, sanjay gupta talks more about this. he takes a closer look at angelina jolie's procedure, genetic testing, and other celebrities that also had that procedure. an interview you just have to hear. the first officers to respond to the call of three women held captive in ohio. they describe the moment and the woman that jumped into the officer's arms coming up. [ female announcer ] a classic meatloaf recipe from stouffer's starts with ground beef, onions and peppers baked in a ketchup glaze with savory gravy and mashed russet potatoes. what makes stouffer's meatloaf best of all? that moment you enjoy it at home. stouffer's. made with care, for you or your family.
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scene, experienced a turn of events so powerful it brings tears to one of the officers's eyes. listen to him as he explains what happened. >> she called the car for a code one. i responded. you know, go ahead. then she began to state that we got a female on the line stating that she's amanda berry. >> help me. i'm amanda berry. >> do you need police, fire or ambulance? >> police. >> what's going on there? >> i have been kidnapped. i have been missing for ten years. i'm here. i'm free now. >> as soon as we pull up my partner was driving so she came to the driver's side. he looked at me and he's like, it's her. just the emotion from that point of him confirming it was amanda, it was overwhelming. my partner immediately asked
her, you know, is there anybody else inside. she said, yes, gina dejesus and another girl. it was like another bombshell just with overwhelming force itting me. as we were going up the steps it was so quiet. peaceful. almost as if i started thinking, all we're going to do is clear the top floor. nobody is going to be there and just leave. then you hear this scuffling, you know, something going on in this room. you know, i'm looking that way, waiting to see, you know, what's going to happen. it was michelle. she kind of popped out into the doorway and paused there for a second. within moments she came charging at me. she jumped onto me. she's like, you saved us, you saved us. i'm holding onto her so tight. then within a few seconds i see
another girl come out of the bedroom. i just look at her. you can immediately tell who it is. just thinner. and, again, i just needed confirmati confirmation. i asked her, what's your name? she said, my name is georgina dejesus. it's very overwhelming. i mean, it took everything to hold myself together. you know, i have michelle in my arms and then you've got gina coming out. and it was like one bombshell after another. that's when i called it in. we found them. we found them. >> wow. thank goodness they did.
ariel castro, the man charged with kidnapping in the case was arrested quickly after the women were discovered. his attorney said he plans to plead not guilty. bernie madoff speaks exclusively to cnn from prison. what he says has one of his victims even more outraged. that story on the other side. ♪ (train horn)
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all right. the man behind a multi billion dollar deception that defrauded more than 2,100 investors tells cnn he feels bad for what he did. bernie madoff spoke to cnn by collect call from prison in north carolina. he said, and i'm quoting, i live with the remorse, the pain i caused everybody, certainly my
family, and the victims, end quote. but one victim who lost his life savings wishes madoff would just stay silent throughout his 150-year sentence. mike devita is one of the authors of "the club no one wanted to join, madoff victims in their own words." he spoke to cnn by phone. >> why would bernie continue to call the press? why is he at a point in his life where he just can't be quiet. the thing that aaron talked about that bothered me he continues to blame others for what happened here. certainly i guess my perspective on this is bernie madoff was not more than a name on a sheet of paper for me, and i never met him and it was purely by reputation and i saw what he was doing. my preference is that bernie remain quiet until he is released from prison in 2139.
i guess he has an ego that was so large at this point that he simply has to stay in the news and has to continue to talk about this, and he continues to blame other people for something that from my perspective he did this and is the only one that did. >> $5.4 billion has been repaid to victims. okay. speaking of big money, perhaps you have purchased your powerball ticket. if you haven't, you still have a few hours to do so. how do you maximize your chances of winning in case you will head out later to pick up your ticket? my guest next hour is a mathematics professor. he'll tell us which numbers just might be the magic digits. [ male announcer ] from red lobster's chefs to your table
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welcome back to the cnn newsroom. i'm fredricka whitfield. two trains crashed in connecticut. investigators are trying to figure out what happened last night. we'll go live to the scene in a moment. a boston bombing survivor says she will h dance again even though she lost part of her leg in that april blast. we'll follow the story of adrienne haslet-davis. if you have already bought your
power ball ticket or you plan to buy one for tonight what are your odds of winning the $600 million jackpot? we'll ask an expert in a moment. train service between new york and new haven, connecticut, could be restricted for days after that terrible crash last night. two trains colliding during rush hour in bridgeport, connecticut. nine people are being hospitalized. the pictures show the inside of the train right there. there is debris and shattered glass everywhere. susan candiotti is live at the scene. how extensive is this investigation? >> reporter: extremely. you can see over my shoulder the back end of one of the trains involved in the collision. just beyond it is interstate 90. that's how close it was to the main highway. for hours today, national transportation safety board investigators going over every inch of the track here. we are talking about a debris field that covers 200 yards, the length of two football fields.
they are measuring the tracks, climbing on top of cars, going in and out of them trying to figure out what went wrong. we are talking about a commuter train on its way from new york to new haven when it suddenly derailed and a train going in the opposite direction smacked into it. passengers talk about feeling bumps along the way, hearing a loud noise and feeling a sudden impact. >> i was sitting down. i actually lifted it up. you can see the dust coming from the other side. >> babieses crying. everything. they had to go pick them up and everything on the floor. >> we're just on the train. we hear a crash and we didn't know what it was. everybody started screaming. we saw smoke. we didn't know what to expect. >> stopped suddenly. there is a lot of commotion. some guy was injured. they called for a doctor. we had one fortunately. >> reporter: nine people remain hospitalized, two in critical
condition. at most, at least 70 people were treated at the hospital. two senators from connecticut, both surveyed the damage. one of them calling it staggering. >> the damage is absolutely staggering. ribbons the size of carses are torn away like ribbons of cloth. tons of petal tossed around like toy things. insides of the cars are shattered. >> reporter: so among the possibilities investigators are looking at include, let's see whether the brakes might have failed, whether there was a problem with the signals or possibly the tracks. we'll hear from them at a news conference at about 5:00, in about an hour from now, fred. >> we'll look forward to that. thanks, susan, for bringing that information to us. south korea's defense ministry is confirming that north korea fired three short-range missiles today. the missiles were fired away from south korean waters.
south korea now says its army is on high alert. tensions had been strained on the korean peninsula after the u.n. imposed tougher sanctions on pyongyang. back here in the u.s., a lot of people are feeling lucky, or at least they got their fingers crossed. people are rushing out to buy powerball tickets today. the jackpot is at $600 million. the drawing is tonight. so if you're still waiting to buy a ticket, what are you waiting for? maybe you're trying to find out, i don't know, if there is a special formula. this guy right here, professor michael lacy just might know the best way in which to formulate a ticket. he's a professor of mathematics at georgia institute of technology. >> good to see you. do you have the winning ticket? >> most likely mott not. >> no? did you pick the numbers or random? >> i picked the numbers to avoid what 2000 people call lucky numbers. >> birthdays, anniversaries.
>> the number one, the number 7, 13, 11 and so on. >> those numbers, particularly birthdays and anniversaries fall between 1 and 30. so you say cancel those out. >> if they are important to you, play them. >> but if you want to win? >> understand that they are important to many people. if you win you may share the prize with unknown friends. >> sometimes that's all right with $600 million. >> of course. >> what is the explanation behind the odds, if there is one? we are talking about 1 in 175 million people. the chance of winning. how do you explain this mathematically how this comes about? >> it's a big number. if you double 175 million it's the population of the u.s. so of the entire u.s. you choose
two people. that's what it's like. if you're a couple and if you play the lottery, you are more likely to win the lottery than to have five births, quintuplets in your pregnancy. >> that seems nearly impossible. it happens. so if there are numbers you want to a vovoid say 1 through 30, ae 30 -- 31 and above. are there certain numbers that seem to hit the most? >> all numbers are equally likely. if you choose one through 5 and six is the power ball that's as likely as any other possibility. but there may be three or four people who make the same selection. >> we showed earlier there were states that seemed to be the luckiest or in recent years. we are talking indiana, pennsylvania, missouri and minnesota.
there were common denominator numbers that seemed to pop up in a lot of the winnings. 26, 31, 36, 48. does that sound reasonable? do you buy that? >> i hadn't heard of these coincidences before. >> i saw this reported. i don't know who gathered the information or math minds are in agreement on this. >> what happens is in random events certain coincidences come up. people like explanations. that something is behind it rather than the explanation that these things happen. >> geographically, should we look at certain locales? going to the most remote of gas stations where fewer people are plucking the numbers? >> that might mean you stand in line shorter but you will not be more likely to win. >> you likely have the winning number. what do i need to do before i buy my ticket?
>> a quick pick will work just fine. the numbers i selected are in numerical order but they start at 53. that's as likely as any other combination but not many people would have selected numbers this way. >> i'm calling you first to find out if it's you. >> i would be happy to come back. >> good luck. based on your advice i'm going to get my tickets tonight. >> best of luck. >> professor lacy, good to see you. appreciate it. facebook celebrating a huge milestone. they may be considering themselves lucky. it's the one-year anniversary of going public. maybe unlucky. it didn't pan out the way they wanted it initially. the company is searching for a way to make investors not just
like it but love it. allison cosick is at the new york stock exchange. >> reporter: first came the excitement. then came the waiting. >> we're still waiting for the indications over the nasdaq where it could be. >> facebook was to begin its trading about 25 minutes ago, and now finally the moment has arrived. >> the size of the public debut, 400 million shares overwhelmed computer systems at the nasdaq, and costed the exchange up to $62 million to compensate firms involved. the price peeked at $45 and then the price plummeted and by the summer it was under $18. but new products helped the price recover and stabilize around $27 a share. but the key to recovery has been meeting the biggest challenge dodging facebook since last year, how to make money from mobile.
facebook worked to move ads to the side of the ad into the news feed. >> they are seeing the ads the same way they are seeing updates and that has gotten a lot of response from the advertisers. >> reporter: how effective ads are depending on facebook's 1.1 billion user, 750 million users use the mobile app each month. users can see which friends like the brand or products being advertised and an extra enticement to click and buy. >> my friend victor is recommending master card to me right on my phone. and that's really powerful. >> and lucrative. at the time of the ipo, facebook was getting less than 15% of its ad revenue from mobile and today it's 30%, and that helped facebook shares to a 20% gain over the last six months. there are plenty of challenges ahead as facebook's user base has gotten older it risks losing
younger ones. >> for the short and medium term the fact that your mom is on facebook and your kids are not on facebook is a good thing for advertisers and a good thing for investors, but over the long term it's dangerous to see younger people leaving facebook. >> reporter: while facebook is losing young people to other social networks there is a big silver lining there. many young people are leaving facebook for instagram which facebook bought for a billion dollars before last year's ipo. at the time the move drew criticism because instagram wasn't making money. it turns out facebook was able to scoop up its biggest competitor. it looks like money well spent today. fredricka? >> thanks, alison. a million buckses wor es wo jewelry gone in a bling -- or a blink. life is imitating art at the cannes film festival. next. [ male announcer ] need help keeping your digestive balance in sync? try align. it's the number one ge recommended probiotic
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loaded with blanks. you can see people scrambling during this live show. it sent christoph waltz running for cover. the suspect said he believes in god and wantses to change the world. he was examined by a psychiatrist who said he is not mentally ill. if that wasn't exciting enough, jewels worth about a million dollars were stolen from a hotel room in cannes. chief washington correspondent jake tapper has details. >> reporter: this week they are the riveting sight on the rivie riviera. all that bling a target for paparazzi and, it turns out, for thieves. as the celebs at the cannes film festival discovered the diamonds disappeared. >> diamonds. the only thing in the world you can't resist. >> reporter: sounds just like the plot of hitchcock's "to
catch a thief." >> you have a very strong grip. >> reporter: but the jewelry company says this is thief is no carey grant making off with less than a million in bling. small potatoes when you're talking diamonds in 2013. a bigger question for us -- why are all the jewelers bringi ini wa their wares to cannes? turns out -- big bucks. >> they are not passing through a lot of hands along the way. they are secure as they travel. we make sure we have accountability every step of the way. >> reporter: wendy adeler said when her father jorge started lending jewels on the red carpet sales to real people spiked. >> it helps to show case your designs on a larger scale. to a larger audience. >> reporter: while the investigation in cannes
continues, french police say the thief swiped the safe unscrewed from a wall in a hotel room, sometime between 8:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. prime party time during the week-long film festival. perhaps the thief took advantage of the hot premiere, "the bling ring" by sofia copola. >> let's go to paris. i want to rob. >> reporter: that film is about a jewelry heist. it debuted within hours of the real life lift. life imitating art imitating life on the movie world's most glamorous stage. >> thanks, jake tapper, for taking us to cannes in that way. police say whoever did it had to have known the jewels were being stored in a specific place in the hotel room. they also believe it is likely to have involved more than one person. all right. from tragedy to triumph we follow one boston bombing
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boylston street in boston was the last place a dancer named adriann haslet-davis stood on her own. then the bombs went off and she lost half after her leg. anderson cooper followed her recovery. >> reporter: how close were you to the explosion? >> i was right in front of it. i felt the direct impact. it immediately blew off my left foot. >> reporter: how far away was the bomb? do you know? >> my guess would have been five feet. >> reporter: five feet. >> yeah. we're lucky to be alive. >> reporter: her strength along
with that of her husband adam who just returned from a tour in afghanistan and was injured in the bombing inspired people around the world. >> reporter: you're determined to dance again. >> i am. yeah. dancing is the one thing that i do that when i do it i don't feel i should be doing anything else, ever. i feel so free. >> reporter: she allowed us to follow her on the recovery to dancing again. >> 17, 18, 19, 20. oh! >> nice. >> reporter: while she faces months of gruelling physical therapy her training as a dancer helps her to navigate the world with one leg. is he also agreed to videotape her everyday life. her new normal. >> what are you doing? >> getting my first manicure and pedicure in 20 days today since the marathon. feeling more and more like a
girl and more normal even though only one of my feet are getting painted. check those babies out. >> reporter: there are simple milestones and others that are hard. >> i will be going home tomorrow. it makes peril -- me really sad because i don't feel like i'm ready. i'm nervous. and scared to walk the streets of boston for the first time after all of this. i have been living in this bubble of safety. now i'm just going to go out into the real world and a world with bombs and strangers and memories that i don't know if i'm ready to face. >> reporter: two and a half
weeks after the bombing, it's time to go home. >> i really appreciate the encouraging words. >> everybody's out there rooting for you. show them what can happen instead of the bad guys. >> instead of the bad guys is right. i totally agree. >> you go, girl. >> reporter: the next day, despite her fears, she returns to boylston street where it all happened. >> after seeing the memorial, seeing people there paying their respects, hearing people tell me that i was an inspiration, it's very sweet, first of all, that they would want to give me their support. i think for them it's important to see that all of us that were affected are moving on and trying to find some sort of normalcy. and for them to be able to kind of have that knowledge that life goes on after such a horrible tragedy. >> reporter: anderson cooper, cnn, boston. >> wow. so inspiring. so, tonight, the photographs who were there in boston on that day
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